NJPW Ultimate Crush II – 13th of October 2003

I’ve had this one in my tape library for about 14 years but have never bothered to sit down and watch it all the way through, mainly because I really went off New Japan during this era and was instead mostly watching NOAH. I was looking for something to review so I thought we’d set the way back machine to 2003, when the New Japan product was pretty awful. It’s amazing to watch shows like this and see how far the company has come since these darker days.

This show took place during a period in New Japan where Antonio Inoki was obsessed with shoot fighting and was filling New Japan shows full of judo, K1 and PRIDE guys. His booking was getting increasingly erratic and it wasn’t leading to success at the box office. This show actually has three legitimate shoot fights on it, as well as an appearance by Hulk Hogan and a big 5 on 5 elimination match.

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Eight

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Seven

22 July 2018

Live from Ao-re Nagaoka, Niigata

 

You can read my preview of the entire tournament here.

You can read my Night One review here.

You can read my Night Two review here.

You can read my Night Three review here

You can read my Night Four review here.

You can read my Night Five review here.

You can read my Night Six review here.

You can read my Night Seven review here.

 

Well, it’s finally happened.  Three days off and I finally sensed the creeping dread of getting back to the G1 Climax, and yes, all those bloody damn tag matches.  This coupled with my intense obsession with Super Mario Odyssey of late means that it’s the moment you all were waiting for: I’m only covering the tournament matches!

Your commentators for this evening are Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero.

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NJPW 2018 – Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada at the Great Pirate Festival

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Minoru Suzuki’s 30th Anniversary Event at the Great Pirate Festival: Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada

This match may be found FREE on New Japan World: https://njpwworld.com/p/s_archive_95_1_03

[Preamble: Hello, fellow Doomers! I’m Franco Victor, freelancer and fellow contributor to New Japan coverage on the BOD. I’ll be working around Norrissey’s G1 Climax reviews as well as pitching in for the Night Threads. To wit, I submit to the Blog a review on the recent Main Event at the Great Pirate Festival in Yokohama, only posted to NJPW World a few days ago: feel free to reach out with feedback and what you might want to see from Night Threads.; thanks!]

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW/NJPW Supershow III

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Airdate: January 4, 1993

Attendance:  63,500 (sold out)

Will Muta finally beat Chono and unify the NWA and IWGP titles? Will it be worthwhile unlike the match at Starrcade? Can Liger regain the IWGP junior heavyweight title against Ultimo Dragon? What happens when the Hell Raisers and Steiners lock up? Who will win the battle between Tenryu and Chosu? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW-NJPW Supershow II

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Airdate: January 4, 1992

Attendance:  50,000

Will Chosu or Fujinami unify the G18/IWGP title? Can Chono win the WCW World title? Will Muta and Sting keep their peace against the Steiners? Let’s find out!

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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 Preview

Happy new year one and all! As most of us emerge blearily from several weeks of excess, New Japan Pro Wrestling prepares for its annual January 4th spectacular from the Tokyo Dome. I’ll be reviewing the show on Thursday, but for those of you interested in watching but unsure as to what to expect, here’s a primer…

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NJPW World Tag League Final 2017

December 11th, 18:30 from Fukuoka Convention Centre, Fukuoka

Today’s final will determine who wins the 2017 World Tag League and goes on to challenge for the tag titles at Wrestle Kingdom. A Block winners and Los Ingobernables de Japón representatives, EVIL & SANADA, face B Block winners and last year’s runners-up, Guerrillas of Destiny, in that match. Elsewhere, the card looks like a fun pick ’n’ mix, with KUSHIDA & Ibushi vs. Cody & Scurll, Roppongi 3K vs. The Elite and Okada & Ospreay vs. Hiromu & Naito among the festive treats on offer. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW Power Struggle 2017

November 5th, 17:00 from Edion Arena, Osaka

Today’s show sees Hiroshi Tanahashi defend his Intercontinental title against Kota Ibushi, Ospreay vs. Scurll for the Junior title, Omega vs. Beretta for the US title and Suzuki vs. Yano for the NEVER title. Oh, and the final of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament. It’s stacked, so let’s get to it.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW-NJPW Supershow ’91

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Airdate: March 21, 1991

Attendance:  55,000

Since I watched this on NJPW World and know approximately three words in Japanese, this ought to be interesting. Also, this was dubbed “Starrcade ’91 in Tokyo Dome” so if the real Starrcade ’91 sucks, WCW didn’t recruit enough Japanese wrestlers.

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NJPW G1 Climax 27: Day 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 11th, 18:30 from Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo

We’ve reached the last round of A Block competition, headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito to determine who advances to Sunday’s final. It’s the closing weekend of the G1 Climax and this is the first of three nights at Sumo Hall, so let’s get to it.

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NJPW G1 Climax 27: Day 16

 

 

 

 

 

August 8th, 18:30 from Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Kanagawa

B Block’s penultimate show takes place in a significant venue and on a significant date for the company, more on which below. After the shocking upsets of Day 14, Okada faces Suzuki, Omega faces SANADA, and EVIL takes on Michael Elgin. Let’s get to it.

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